Traveling during the peak holiday season at the end of December can be an extremely stressful experience. The combination of crowds, holiday stress, and bad weather can turn this process into an all-out nightmare.
However, if you follow a few tips, the process can be made a little more bearable. Here are some things that you should do if you want to avoid travel stress this holiday season.
Avoid Traveling on Peak Days
There are certain days that travelers should try to avoid if possible when traveling during the holidays. The weekend before Christmas and the weekend after Christmas are always chock full of stressed travelers, so why not try to fly on an off-peak weekday instead?
Try to Book Direct Flights
One of the things that can really complicate air travel is a layover. Delayed flights or long lines can make it hard to make your connecting flight, possibly stranding you at a random airport far from your destination. Try to book direct flights to avoid this possible conundrum.
Arrive at the Airport Early
Let’s be honest: sometimes, the “two hours before your flight” guideline that airlines and airports suggest for your arrival isn’t necessary. However, when flying on busy days like the ones near the holiday season, it’s absolutely worth it to show up early and give yourself plenty of time to wade through long lines and security delays.